Cari L. Vickey
Winding Creek Elementary School
475 Winding Creek Elementary
Stafford, VA 22554

Elementary, 3

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Did you (or do you now) have a mentor who was particularly effective and supportive in shaping you as a teacher?


Cari L. Vickey, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Virginia
I wasn't one of those people who knew since childhood what I wanted to do when I grew up. Other people discovered my hidden teaching abilities and encouraged me to enter the profession. After eight years in the classroom, I believe my educational journey is just beginning. I am committed to real-life learning for all children. My past experiences teaching in a multi-age first and second grade classroom as well as my current experience teaching in a third grade inclusion classroom have reinforced my beliefs that all children learn in different ways and at different paces. Teachers hold a tremendous responsibility in their hands on a daily basis. As a teacher, I am now responsible for discovering children's hidden abilities just as my parents and my professor did for me. The children's attitude toward learning and their sheer joy upon discovering their own hidden abilities is the most rewarding experience.  

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